MILWAUKEE – Family members and supporters of a mentally ill black man fatally shot in a confrontation with a white officer are criticizing a plan that allows federal officials to collaborate with the Milwaukee Police Department on reforms. They wanted a full-scale patterns and practices investigation.
Dontre Hamilton's death last year in a downtown park has prompted ongoing protests. On Thursday, Hamilton's relatives joined community activists in saying they were skeptical of any reform process that works with a department they see as fundamentally broken.
That news conference by the Coalition for Justice came immediately after the U.S. Justice Department laid out broad strokes of a reform plan. Officials said experts will work with police officers, community members and civil rights groups to try to make the department a national model.